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We have a great FAQ Index post here on the Role-Playing Games Meta Stack Exchange, but our current process for adding things to that list is a little lacking. Currently users add the tag to their question, then at some point in the future once the post is mature a mod will add the tag to it. This good in theory, but in practice has a few problems.

  1. No one gets notified when the tag is added.
  2. There is no good place to discuss whether a question should be on the FAQ list or not
  3. Proposals remain as proposals for months until a mod gets around to it

So I'd like to trial a new solution. Introducing the FAQ proposal index:

How it works

We'll continue using the tag on FAQ candidates. In addition, post an answer to this meta with a link to the question to be added and an optional justification for why it should be added. User can then use votes to indicate if the question is a good candidate and comments to discuss if required changes are required.

Highly voted questions indicate that the community has reached a consensus and the question should be added to our FAQ. What counts as "highly voted" is open for discussion, but for now, let's trial the following threshold: the post must have a score of at least +5, with at least a 2:1 upvote-to-downvote ratio.

After a reasonable period to collect input (let's try one month), proposals will be actioned. If they have sufficient support, a mod will add the tag and update the index accordingly. If not, we will remove the tag from the question. Either way, the answer post here will be deleted once acted upon.

If you want to propose removing a question from the FAQ, please ask a new question on meta tagged discussion proposing the removal.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I've gone ahead and posted some of our faq-proposal questions as example answers to trial this system. If it works well we can persist with it. If it doesn't we can close this question and go back to the old way, or try something else entirely. \$\endgroup\$ – linksassin May 27 at 15:01
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    \$\begingroup\$ I'd also suggest that after some period of reflection--say, a month?--any "answer" here is acted upon. Either it's added to the FAQ and retagged accordingly, or it's got the -proposal tag removed. And either way, the "answer" here ends up deleted. \$\endgroup\$ – nitsua60 May 27 at 15:33
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    \$\begingroup\$ @nitsua60 Deleted or status-declined? I can see benefits of going either way. \$\endgroup\$ – linksassin May 27 at 15:36
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    \$\begingroup\$ My thought behind deleting is that it doesn't visibly prejudice the system against a future -proposal of the same meta, perhaps in response to different circumstances or improvement in the meta or a better argument for its inclusion. \$\endgroup\$ – nitsua60 May 27 at 15:39
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    \$\begingroup\$ @nitsua60 My thought for status-declined was exactly the opposite. To prevent repeatedly declining the same question. Though now that I think about it that is probably preempting an issue that may not even happen. If it does we can address it on a per-question basis. \$\endgroup\$ – linksassin May 27 at 15:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ Related past question: What's the actual process around [faq-proposal]s? \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast May 28 at 2:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm not sure having a single post for handling this as a continuous process is going to work long-term. New answers to old questions simply aren't going to get the attention they need to see a consensus. We might want to do round ups in this style on occasion (this also lets us just mark old suggestions as completed/rejected and leave that history visible). \$\endgroup\$ – Someone_Evil Jun 14 at 11:20
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Are questions about rule intent on topic?

This comes up from time to time as questions are posed which either explicitly ask for, or need to be refined so as to not incidentally ask for, designer reasons. It deserves a place on the FAQ along with the other refinements on topicality (game/tool rec, alignment, etc.).

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Should question titles be formatted as a question?

This has several answers that some good advice on how to create good titles for the questions on our site. It also hosts some discussion on some of the more nuanced parts of editing question titles that is valuable information. It makes a decent candidate for the FAQ list.

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The role of chat at RPG Stack Exchange

This question addresses an important issue but is perhaps out-dated and lacks a satisfying answer.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ re: "lacks a satisfying answer" - Part of the issue may be that it's not presented as a question at all, just a series of assertions about how chat works and about problems in using it to establish consensus. \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast May 28 at 3:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ @V2Blast That is definitely true. That was one of the things that SSD mentioned might need fixing with our FAQs. Do we want a uniform format for them? \$\endgroup\$ – linksassin May 28 at 4:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ I don't think seeking consistency (with regard to past posts especially) is necessarily a desirable goal in itself. For instance, the FAQ Why are site comments being deleted? presents the list of reasons why comments get deleted as a question post itself; I don't necessarily see it as "better" for that to edited to have the question ask "what are the reasons why mods delete comments" and then have the current "question" be posted as an answer instead. It is more something to keep in mind going forward. \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast May 28 at 5:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ However, for the specific question you linked about chat, it may arguably not be a good/well-structured FAQ because it's less a clear question and answer(s), and more a very loosely organized collection of surface thoughts on a topic. In contrast, the "why are site comments being deleted" FAQ clearly states a question and provides a detailed answer in list form, even if it's all posted as part of a "question" on meta. \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast May 28 at 5:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ @V2Blast That reflects my thoughts as well. In general a well presented question with no answer is fine as a FAQ but in this particular case some reformatting may be required. \$\endgroup\$ – linksassin May 28 at 6:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ I think nitsua is working on a replacement for this currently \$\endgroup\$ – Please stop being evil May 28 at 16:42

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